Movie Magic in Madison!

The city of Madison, Indiana stands ready to welcome you to our community. Located in Southern Indiana, this historic river town established in 1809, is considered the “Jewel” nestled in the Ohio River Valley and often referred to as the Event Capital of Indiana because of all the activities and events that take place year after year in our community.

Madison’s picturesque setting with cliffs and rolling hills offers a diversified scenic area. Madison’s downtown area has been designated the largest contiguous National Historic Landmark in the United States. It’s filled with over 1300 structures from Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian to Prairie style architecture all located along tree-lined streets. The area’s natural environment showcases 400 foot bluffs, meandering creeks, rolling hills, waterfalls, and of course the half mile wide Ohio River. Century old farms, many with creek stone structures continue the agricultural business of cattle, dairy, tobacco, corn and soybeans. Some unexpected sites in this area include an abandoned nuclear power plant and a privately owned 4000 acre portion of a former
military base with an airplane hanger and a whole turn of the century neighborhood. The city also has one of the world’s steepest non-cog railroad inclines and over 40 miles of additional track. Situated on bluffs overlooking the Ohio River Valley are the Madison State Hospital and beautiful, scenic Hanover College. The hospital is a complete turn of the century facility with over 150 buildings while the college offers a meticulously landscaped campus of Georgian style architecture.

The film industry first discovered Madison in 1943 when the U.S. Office of War Information, Motion Picture Bureau filmed “The Town” here. The community was again selected in 1958 to film “Some Came Running” which was directed by Vincente Minnelli and starred old blues eyes himself, Frank Sinatra along with Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine. Madison’s charm captured on film is still present today and has been recognized by national publications as the “Prettiest Small Town in America” and the “Best preserved town in the Midwest.”

The pride of Madison, Indiana, “The Miss Madison” hydroplane went out in a blaze of glory in 2001 when the movie Madison was filmed here. The movie went on to present actors Jim Caviezel, Jake Lloyd, Mary McCormack and Bruce Dern in “good, old-fashioned entertainment in the best sense of the term”, according to film critic Leonard Maltin.

Madison is also the hometown to American film actress and singer Irene Dunne. She was nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Actress for performances in 5 films in the 1930s & 1940s. Dunne lived in Madison until 1916. In 1985, she was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors, Lifetime Achievement for a career that spanned three decades.

Madison, Indiana welcomes you to visit our picturesque place and discover all the beauty of Southern Indiana. For film makers and video producers, we will not crowd you, but we will offer you assistance and cooperation to the very best of our ability. Your crews will enjoy the time spent in our beautiful river town. Working conditions just don’t get any better than in Madison, Indiana!

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